ELLIE-1220's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELLIE%2D1220 ELLIE-1220's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Recommiting, Yes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532327 Here I go again. I feel stuck lately, no real progress - up and down the same 10-15lbs all year. Frustrated and tired. Need to shake things up a little - "If want something you've never had, you've got to do something you've never done"(Thomas Jefferson). I had an appointment tonight with a personal trainer, first of many. I'm recommitting here today, yes again - because no matter how discouraged or stagnant I feel I refuse to give up! I will reach my goals - and I am prepared to work for the... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 20:47:52 EST And with an open mind and heart, I welcome you - 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182115 PUMPED UP! FIRED UP! SUPER EXCITED! I'm super excited about the start of a New Year. I'm not going to dwell on it or discuss it anymore but 2012 has been a terribly difficult year for me, and I'm sooo ready to leave it behind and move forward. So without further delay, I am starting 2013 with a 15-day cleanse. Tonight I will be doing measurements with my sister – we are going to be working more closely together to find success! I'm really pumped for that! I will do new pictures also. I ha... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:38:18 EST Settled. Committed. Certain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144521 Something really cool happened today!!!! So I've been recommitted to working towards my goals since October. Some days still struggling through, reminding myself what I want, and avoiding temptations all while still yearning for them. In the beginning it really takes some effort, a real mental commitment. After some time passes, it really does just become more of a habit - being healthy, making <BR> healthy choices... And the longing fades, and you become settled. Well, today I became settled... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:10:07 EST If I Could Just Stop Coughing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933649 I was totally getting back into the swing of things - enjoying my workouts, being consistent and then I got hit with a nasty cough. First lost my voice - I work in Customer Service which basically consists of talking to customers by phone, oh and I have 3 boys at home! No voice is not good, thankfully that was only for a day. But it was followed by this nagging, persistent, awful dry cough that just won't quit. My head and back hurt from coughing so much at this point. Since my hubby is w... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:11:18 EST Hurt So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913648 An old schoolmate of mine has been seeing a Personal Trainer and raves about her progress. In fact, she doesn't have to even say a word - you can SEE the progress clearly just looking at her. 2 months for her, and 18.5 inches gone!!! Incredible! So I inquired about the rates, and she is UBER reasonable... She's just starting out her business so she's building up her client base and depending on word of mouth referrals. So I went for my first appointment on Sunday morning - BEST MONEY I'VE ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 18:19:30 EST Just Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875934 I haven't been on here much the last few days. Yesterday was a particularly crazy day, I worked from 8-430, 2 of my boys had dentist appointments at 440pm, we got out of there at 630pm. Off to baseball with my oldest, home at 830pm. Still hadn't eaten dinner. Oi! Today has just been a plain awful day - one of those days were nothing seems to go right and you just want to crawl into bed and call it a day. Unfortunately, with my hubby working and the 3 boys that won't happen for a few hour... Thu, 10 May 2012 17:59:25 EST "Son"shine Through The Clouds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871088 I was having a bit of a rough day today. Feeling a bit overrun by my cravings - salty. Think it has to do with "TOM" coming soon. Anyway, morning started off okay with oatmeal for brekkie and a Vector bar later for a snack. I came home for lunch, but had to run an errand - well 30 minutes isn't much time to do it all. So while I was home, I grabbed some pineapple and a few baby cookies. And my errand was to the grocery store to pick up a single serving piece of cake for a coworker who j... Mon, 7 May 2012 19:09:52 EST Cut The Junk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867384 Challenge for May is to cut junk. I get the mantra "everything in moderation" but I recognized that my definition of moderation was becoming too loose and was going to lead me into trouble. I haven't lost anything for 2-3 months now, BUT I have maintained which is good to know that I can. I am still struggling to get to the gym with not having a vehicle in the evenings. But I can still work on what I am eating - everything is not lost. I am back to using 'myfitnesspal' app on my phone fo... Sat, 5 May 2012 09:29:48 EST Trying To Find Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811145 I've been MIA - My hubby went back to work on March 12, after nearly 3 years out of the workforce due to injury. He loves his new job, which is great! And it's relieving having the second income to support our family. However, trying to adjust to him working has so far proven to be difficult. He works nights - he leaves one hour after I'm done work, and he's home 30 minutes before I leave for work. I haven't been to the gym since he went back to work, and I'm just trying to keep up with e... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:26:54 EST So Here's MY Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782457 Okay, so here's my plan to break out from this frustrating plateau that has been created by my entry into a new comfort zone. I am not “going back to basics” because I feel like what I really need is to turn this up a notch, not dial back to the beginning – I need to test myself to figure out where I go from here. <BR> <BR> FOOD: <BR> <BR> > Discipline – log my food, weigh/measure portions. Things were working well when I was consistent with this. My food scale has been put out on the ... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:56:53 EST Decluttering My Brain - Just A Quick Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781677 I've had a terribly busy week this week, and haven't been around much. Even worse, I haven't even blogged out my plan of attack for pushing myself beyond this comfort zone. I'm working on that. First, I'm going to blog out this other stuff so that it's outta the way and I can focus better. So, this week my husband was called for a job interview on Tuesday morning, went and did testing on Wednesday afternoon, and Friday at 430pm he was offered a job! He starts Monday at 630pm! His schedule... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 09:18:47 EST Got The Message - Loud & Clear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766633 “We can’t be authentic if we are only willing to express and have contact with the parts of ourselves that we think other people want to see. We have to be willing to feel frustration as much as we feel fantastic.”&#8213;Ingrid Mathieu <BR> <BR> <BR> Up and down, toying with the same 3 pounds for weeks. 300+ fitness minutes for weeks with little results. It's hard to not feel frustrated. That's a true emotion, I'm not going to pretend that it doesn't exist... it's real. It's just as import... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 07:34:49 EST I Am FEELING It, Not EATING It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732892 I had an epiphany of sorts tonight. I've heard that when you are over-weight there is emotional baggage that is seemingly stored in the fat, tucked away to be forgotten - lost deeper with each bite. When you eat your emotions instead of feeling them, I can understand how that could be. So what happens when the fat starts to disappear? Perhaps it starts to seep out little by little?... I was an emotional eater for so long, and have been working hard to change my life around, so far I've los... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:50:38 EST Be Aware Of The Example You Are Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708848 I've been working on losing weight and being active for a few years now - haven't we all, on and off again for ages... One of my main reasons for wanting to create this change in my life is for my boys. I want to be a good role model. I want them to be healthy, and active as they grow older. I want them to admire me for the healthy choices and actions. And I want a healthy lifestyle to be something that they grow up just knowing and not something they have to struggle to learn later in li... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:04:19 EST My Journey To -50lbs... With Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695390 Sometimes it's almost embarrassing to see my date that I joined SparkPeople - 3/29/2006, nearly 6 years ago, and have yet to reach my goal. I've been on the wagon and off again too many times to count. I've been motivated and determined and then faltered and fizzled shortly thereafter. Each time it seemed that I was at a top weight that I was just so disgusted by, and I had to change it. Started just about 207 maybe, and then very self consciously joined the gym despite not having a clue ... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:19:41 EST Times Are Tough... But I See Better Days Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4654848 I'm having a tough time eating right. But not for the reasons I used to. I am not bingeing - that's good. It's not that I'm on auto pilot - that's good. I am not stress eating. It's not that I'm keeping 'junk' in the house, or sneaking through drive-thru. To be honest, it's because we are having a hard time financially. We've had to make significant cut backs over the last 3 years... and more recently the last 3 months. My husband, Joshua, hurt his back nearly 3 years ago and couldn't... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 17:50:58 EST Summary of 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647876 My most successful year for fitness and weight loss yet! <BR> <BR> 2011 Weigh In: <BR> January 1: 232.4 <BR> January 8: 227.6 (-4.8) <BR> January 15:225.8 (-1.8) <BR> January 22: 223 (-2.8) <BR> January 29: 221.4 (-1.6) *10lbs Done - Reward: Lunchbag! <BR> February 1: 220.6 (-0.8) - Total loss for January = 11.8lbs! <BR> February 5: 218.2 (-2.4) <BR> February 12: 217.0 (-1.2) t <BR> February 19: 214.0 (-3) <BR> February 26: 210.4 (-3.6) *20lbs Done - Reward: Sports Bra! <BR> March 1: 210.4 -... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 09:25:07 EST A Quick Review Of My Past Decade - Goodbye 20's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633123 This blog really has little to do with weight loss. Just feeling nostalgic with it being my 30th birthday - the end of a decade, my 20's are over. So I'm going to do a quick review of my 20's! <BR> <BR> 2001 - Turned 20 - weighed about 150-160lbs, lost my Poppa to cancer, moved to Banff (AB) and Chilliwack (BC) before coming home again to Ontario (10lbs heavier), decided to go back to school - applied/accepted for Office Administration <BR> <BR> 2002 - Started college, reconnected with th... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:32:55 EST Everyday Commit To Just One More Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4628978 “Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don't succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a SUPER lousy day at work - like epic proportions. Well, maybe not that bad, but in the moment it sure felt like it. I could just feel the stress setting in my shoulders/neck and head. Then we all ordered in lunch together, we had pizza - it w... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 09:13:22 EST Not Running At Full Capacity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4621098 I decided to try and do intuitive eating... which was working out alright for me. Perhaps still is. The thing is that apparently logging my food is basic function for me that my other efforts and successes stem from. Since I started not logging my food, I've also stopped tracking my workouts. This means that I've lost my exercise streak. And I really don't know how many minutes I'm at. Which I think bleeds into scheduling my workouts. I have been working out, but only like 3 times per... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 09:22:53 EST December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611617 Here we go: <BR> <BR> 1200 Fitness Minutes. <BR> <BR> Strength training, 3x/week - attention to arms since it's been 2 months since I lost any inches there! <BR> <BR> Intuitive eating, I'm giving this a go. I've still been losing - perhaps more slowly but so far so good. I will be successful if I continue to lose w/o strict tracking. However, IF the scale tips in the wrong direction - logging must commence! It is a busy holiday season, with a lot of temptations. <BR> <BR> Yoga/Meditati... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 10:00:40 EST Quick November Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607213 December 1 <BR> Weigh-in: 193.4 (-5.6) <BR> BMI: 28.6 (-.8) <BR> Size 16 (but getting loose) <BR> <BR> Measurements - Total inches for November - 3". <BR> Waist: 34.25 (-.5) <BR> Hips: 44 (-1) <BR> Thigh: 25 (-1.5) <BR> Upper Arm: 13 (even) <BR> <BR> Just a quick review of my November goals: <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> SPARK daily!, weekly weigh-in, was aiming for 6lb loss - got 5.6 so I say close enough, also I did manage my stress this month well without soothing with food - I am proud of... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 07:25:58 EST Busy, busy, busy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603901 Just a quick blog this morning. We are launching a new software program next week at work, so this week is crunch time for making sure it's ready to go. I'm putting in some extra hours as a result. I'm also babysitting my 16-month old niece tonight after work until 9pm. And at the end of this week, my oldest turns 10 - birthday parties and sleepovers. It's a crazy busy week, and I just wanted to apologize early as I will likely be a little disconnected from Spark this week. I will be ba... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 06:55:52 EST My First CycleFit Class... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4595808 My gym has a CycleFit class, and Intro to CycleFit class which I have eyeballed on the schedule a time or two and pondered trying. My youngest sister was available tonight so we hit up the class together - both our first time. The instructor was super helpful in helping us get set up before class - making sure the level of the seat was adjusted to the right height and distance, and that we understood the gears, and footholds. Super great guy! Class started, and in the first 3 minutes I ser... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 18:35:25 EST "May You Live All The Days Of Your Life." / Tough Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584240 Last week was a difficult week... started with my hubby being away from home for 3 days for his course. I always have a hard time without him around that long - sleep is hard to come by when he's not there which makes for long days. Found out his Aunt who had cancer was in the hospital, transferred to ICU, and ended up succumbing to her illness Tuesday morning. My hubby's family is really small, and she was virtually his only Aunt. In light of this, he decided to come home early and commu... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:27:40 EST Gym Etiquette 101 - Perfume http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568811 Just got home from the gym. I LOVE how quiet it is on Friday evenings! I have my pick of any machine pretty much, and the equipment looks over the gym. Friday's there is nothing scheduled in the gym part, so my boys have been enjoying basketball, soccer, and wall climbing while I'm working out. So cool that I get to watch them. Anyway, so the point of tonight's blog is a quick rant to vent. I was about 20 minutes into my workout on the Arc Trainer - my new fav machine, and this young gir... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 20:09:36 EST Clean Bill Of Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4567128 A few weeks back, probably about 4 weeks ago now I went to my family doctor for an annual physical. HA! Who am I kidding, a physical that I haven't done in so long I can't even remember the last time it was. I don't go to the doctor often for myself - a good example of how little I go, when I went to renew my son's health card, they needed to see mine also. This was December 2010, my card had expired 2 years prior which meant I hadn't used it in the time between. Anyway, I'm getting off t... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 18:13:29 EST October Review / November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563643 November 1 <BR> Weigh-in: 199 (-5.2) <BR> BMI: 29.4 (-.8) (Officially not obese - 'just' overweight) <BR> Size 16 (but definitely more comfortable fit) <BR> <BR> Measurements - Total inches for October 1.75". <BR> Waist: 34.75 (-.75) <BR> Hips: 45 (-.5) <BR> Thigh: 26.5 (-.5) <BR> Upper Arm: 13 (even) <BR> *Should have been measuring my boobs- they have certainly shrunk! LOL! <BR> <BR> Just a quick review of my October goals: <BR> <em>248</em> : Sparked daily, weigh-in on Tuesdays, Thanksg... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 17:18:41 EST Sodium, You Are My Nemisis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560113 I'm feeling really crappy today. My allergies are acting up - my eyes are red/swollen, my eye itches, my nose is red and dripping, and I'm sneezing a lot! - which is strange because since about the middle of September I haven't really had any issues with my allergies. I'm feeling really blah. And then I noticed I'm bloated - waaay bloated. I had been feeling pretty good - a non-scale victory that I was noting was that my rings were spinning on my fingers. Today, they aren't budging. I c... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:46:11 EST My 1st 5k Experience... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556263 I love life's little synchronicities... I posted this morning that I was finally going to blog about my 5k experience - I had been waiting for my sister to send through the pics from the event, but hadn't received them yet because she couldn't find her camera cord. Well, she found it this afternoon and posted the pics to my Facebook at about 4pm (30 minutes before I'm off work). So here it goes - complete with pics! <BR> <BR> Cassie and I signed up for the Cash Store Freedom Run for Diabet... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:27:06 EST Advice - One Week Before 1st 5k? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4537770 Just a quick blog today: <BR> <BR> Cassie (CASSIEKC27) and I are set to run our first 5k next Sunday - October 23rd. <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> Running is relatively new to each of us. We've only been training for about 6 weeks, I think. I'm wondering if anyone has any advice for us leading into the race this week, during the race or post race? Tips, pointers, suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much!!!!!! Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:45:19 EST And Now We Return To The Regularly Scheduled Routine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4536535 The last couple of days have been difficult - I wasn't feeling great Thursday evening. I had super bad cramps, and working out or running simply weren't an option. I did however, get in about 20 minutes of yoga. I think it helped some, and I was still able to post some fitness minutes for that day. Later that evening my youngest son, Isaiah (5) was sick with a flu. I won't get into specifics but it was an awful mess and I was up waaay later than usual. Sigh ~ oh the life of a Mom! Frida... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 09:30:51 EST Mermaid Or Whale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532128 (Reposting from Facebook source - good food for thought) <BR> <BR> October 3, 2011 <BR> <BR> A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?" <BR> <BR> The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way: <BR> <BR> "Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their c... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:58:16 EST AWESOME!!! - Reposting from CARBJUNKIE83 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530790 I don't want to lose sight of this post so I am reposting here... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778886699.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "There was a time when you were five years old, and you woke up full of awesome. You knew you were awesome. You loved yourself. You thought you were beautiful, even with missing teeth and messy hair and mismatched socks inside your grubby sneakers. You loved your body, and the things it could do. You thought you were strong. You knew you w... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:21:56 EST Redefining Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4529112 Thanksgiving is usually about family, and exceedingly about the indulgence of food and drink. In my family this is no different - TONS of food, and drink options... and even more dessert. Tonight we had a delicious spread for dinner - turkey, ham, mixed veggies, turnip, mashed potatoes, gravy, lots of pickles, beets, cheese... many drinkable calories in V8, Kahlua/milk, beer... and then 4 kinds of pie, 2 types of whipped cream, 3 kinds of ice cream. Gosh! I'm full just thinking about it al... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:03:33 EST Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525250 Thanksgiving weekend is upon us here in Canada. <em>636</em> <BR> It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend for weather ~ I am intending to get out for a hike. Not many more weekends that we'll be able to get out into the forest before winter is upon us. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> So with Thanksgiving comes the BIG turkey dinner. My Mom is hosting dinner on Monday - always lots of family, fun, and tons of FOOD! Too many times have I been trying to be healthy then a holiday hits and I give m... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 09:37:10 EST I Am Gonna Own October! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4514071 I want to start by recognizing that I feel good! Like really! I'm excited, and motivated, and focused. I'm pumped to be trying new things - yoga, running, etc. And I'm really enjoying working on me as a whole - mind and body. I really love focusing on the fitness minutes per month, as opposed to "I have to work out today because the scale's gotta move this week"... Minutes per month is so much more tangible and seriously fun! I started running in September, and signed up for my first 5k so... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 18:54:11 EST September Review ~ I'm Back and Proud!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4513232 October 1 <BR> Weigh-in: 204.2 (-7.8) <BR> BMI: 30.2 (-1) (SO close to being out of obese again) <BR> Size 16 <BR> <BR> Measurements - Total inches for September -8"!!!! <BR> Waist: 35.5 (-3) <BR> Hips: 45.5 (-2.5) <BR> Thigh: 27 (-1) <BR> Upper Arm: 13 (-1.5) <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> SPARK daily! Log on, track meals, blog, check in with friends/groups, read inspirational/motivational stories etc. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Track calories at least 6 days/week, staying within limits (1,490 - ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 07:56:55 EST Goal: 1000 Fitness Minutes! Check!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507323 "Aim for the moon, that way, even if you miss you'll still be amongst the stars!" - W. Clement Stone <BR> <BR> September 2: 40 minutes - BL DVD, Cardio Blast <BR> September 3: 65 minutes - Hike and crunches <BR> September 4: 10 minutes - YouTube arms routine <BR> September 5: 40 minutes - BL DVD, Bootcamp Level 1 <BR> September 7: 60 minutes - Gym, treadmill and s/t <BR> September 8: 45 minutes - BL DVD, Bootcamp Level 1 and crunches <BR> September 9: 40 minutes - Elliptical, Step Machine <B... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:55:41 EST So, I'm Doing 5k Race... Funny How Things Work Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485150 Alright, so rewind a few months... I was really wanting to learn to run in the spring. I posted an ad locally trying to find someone to teach me the right/best way to start, etc. This one guy wrote me back, but he was out of town and it didn't work out. Anyway, so yesterday this same guy sends me an email sharing some information about a 5k race that he's the director for on October 30th. It's a flat route, and family friendly so I called my girlfriend, Cassie to see if she was interested... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:32:42 EST My Ultimate Playlist... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4478433 A segment on the radio last week spoke of how we react to music physiologically. Apparently, if you are trying to relax and calm yourself then the best type of music to listen to is Reggae - since the number of beats per minute match that of a rested heart. So your heart will naturally slow to come in tune with the music. Good to know for cool-downs!!! So the same must be true of increasing your heart rate... What music works for you though? Is there a song that you can just feel? That jus... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 08:49:44 EST This Week's Lesson: Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476832 Slow and steady wins the race... I get it, I do. But I wish that ones motivation and clarity could be so patient and leveled. I just came back to Spark at the end of August after being on hiatus this summer; I'm feeling good, on track, setting goals, working consciously to meet my goals. But a part of me, is just begging for results NOW! Which is completely unreasonable! I know. I'm working on getting that voice under control. This to me, is where self-sabotage begins - the impatience. ... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:51:57 EST September Check In & Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461248 September 1 <BR> Weigh-in: 212 <BR> BMI: 31.2 (Back in the obese range - this is most disappointing) <BR> Size 16 <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> Waist: 38.5 <BR> Hips: 48 <BR> Thigh: 28 <BR> Upper Arm: 14.5 <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> SPARK daily! Log on, track meals, blog, check in with friends/groups, read inspirational/motivational stories etc. <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> Track calories at least 6 days/week, staying within limits (1,490 - 1,840) <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Daily weigh in; for now... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 19:11:54 EST Time Slips Away.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459270 Hard to believe that tomorrow is September. Where did the summer go? In the blink of an eye it's just gone - just like that... I guess in that there is a lesson. As time slips away from us we all grow older, day by day, week by week. Are you awake? Are you aware of all that is around you, all your daily experiences. And are you consciously making the decisions that are shaping what is your life? Are you evolving as a person? Or have you grown stagnant? Are you going to wake up one day to ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:55:46 EST Summer, The Season Of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355989 BBQ's with too much food, ice cream, chip trucks, drive-in movies with snacks... Unbearable heat - meaning not wanting to cook nevermind exercise, and super busy schedules between work, 4 leagues of baseball, and general good weather enjoyment... OH! And here's a new one for me, apparently I have allergies! I've been feeling waayy under the weather lately - thought maybe it was stress, over-scheduled... But I tried some allergy meds after talking with my mom and I felt SO much better! The rel... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:02:56 EST "Nothing Tastes As Good As Fit Feels" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4246843 A few days ago I heard the line: Nothing tastes as good as fit feels! And it's stuck in my head! I love it! For me, I find it's a quick and simple reminder... when I'm about to indulge or being faced with temptation. Like yesterday at work, some coworkers were going out for ice cream and offered... Um, no thanks! I've had a really great week - personally. I could have done more workouts. But overall, I say my week was certainly successful and exciting too! Someone said to me this week - "W... Sat, 21 May 2011 09:29:11 EST I Am Going To Run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4244794 Just a quickie before work this morning... I called my gym yesterday and asked about a program to help teach people to run. The Director of Adult Fitness said that they have run programs/groups like this in the past, but there isn't one going on at the moment. BUT... She offered to assist me - NO FEE! Incredible! We are meeting on Tuesday at 615pm for about a half hour between classes she's teaching, and then we'll really get started the following Monday. I'm super stoked ~ I am going to r... Fri, 20 May 2011 07:35:16 EST Personal Trainer Feedback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241655 I posted an ad yesterday on a local site basically looking for someone who runs that would be interested in helping me learn. I was more or less looking for someone to guide me, and support me but I wasn't looking for a price tag attached to this as I don't have a lot of 'extra' money. I had intended on perhaps meeting at my gym to be safe, and figure it out from there. Anyway, my ad has been viewed 35 times, and I've had only one reply which was from a personal trainer. I totally respect... Wed, 18 May 2011 17:39:14 EST Week In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4233656 A day late again on my promised blog. HAHA! Yesterday was super busy with a Beaveree with my son's Scouting group (5hours!), an insect exhibit at our local mall, and then dinner and a magic show! I was in bed by 922pm last night and slept for darn near 12 hours! I needed it! <BR> <BR> So I did weigh-in, down one pound. I'll take it! :) I have not been getting my 5x/week exercise in - I think I really need to get my butt back in the gym because my videos at home aren't quite cutting it at ... Sun, 15 May 2011 10:13:10 EST Better Late Than Never... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4218642 I know, it's Sunday... I committed to writing a blog every Saturday, and weighing in. This weekend has been pretty crazy though. Friday night we packed up and headed for Ottawa - it's about a 3 hour trip there. We stayed the night with my husband's Aunt and Cousin who we haven't seen in a few years. It was super awesome seeing them, and the lil' ones. We didn't get home again until Saturday night and I was exhausted from driving so I didn't log in. I did have a bit of an "off" weekend -... Sun, 8 May 2011 18:05:30 EST